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Lori C Jordan, Dionna O Roberts Williams, Mark J Rodeghier, Brittany Covert, Maria R Ponisio, James F Casella, Robert C McKinstry, Michael J Noetzel, Fenella J Kirkham, Emily R Meier, Beng Fuh, Melissa McNaull, Sharada Sarnaik, Suvankar Majumdar, Timothy L McCavit, Michael R DeBaun
In a prospective cohort study, we tested the hypothesis that children with sickle cell anemia (SCA) with normal transcranial Doppler ultrasound (TCD) velocities and without silent cerebral infarcts (SCIs) would have a lower incidence rate of new neurological events (strokes, seizures or transient ischemic attacks) compared to children with normal TCD measurements and SCIs, not receiving regular blood transfusions. Non-randomized participants from the Silent Cerebral Infarct Transfusion (SIT) Trial who had screening magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain and normal TCD measurements were included...
March 9, 2018: American Journal of Hematology
Wen-Yen Chai, Po-Chun Chu, Chih-Hung Tsai, Chung-Yin Lin, Hung-Wei Yang, Hsin-Yi Lai, Hao-Li Liu
Focused ultrasound (FUS) exposure with microbubbles can transiently open the blood-brain barrier (BBB) to deliver therapeutic molecules into CNS tissues. However, delivered molecular distribution/concentration at the target need to be controlled. Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced Magnetic-Resonance Imaging (DCE-MRI) is a well-established protocol for monitoring the pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic behavior of FUS-BBB opening. This study investigates the feasibility of using DCE-MRI to estimate molecular CNS penetration under various exposure conditions and molecule sizes...
March 7, 2018: Scientific Reports
Alexander D Wright, Jonathan D Smirl, Kelsey Bryk, Paul van Donkelaar
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether acute sports-related concussion (SRC) exerts differential effects on cerebral autoregulatory properties during systole versus diastole. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred and thirty-six contact-sport athletes tested preseason; 14 sustained a concussion and completed follow-up testing at 72 hours, 2 weeks, and 1 month post-injury. Five minutes of repetitive squat-stand maneuvers induced blood pressure (BP) oscillations at both 0.05 and 0...
2018: Acta Neurochirurgica. Supplement
Solventa Krakauskaite, Corey Thibeault, James LaVangie, Mateo Scheidt, Leo Martinez, Danielle Seth-Hunter, Amanda Wu, Michael O'Brien, Fabien Scalzo, Seth J Wilk, Robert B Hamilton
OBJECTIVE: To determine normal ranges for traditional transcranial Doppler (TCD) measurements for two age groups (14-19 and 20-29 years) and compare to existing literature results. The development of a normal range for TCD measurements will be required for the development of diagnostic and prognostic tests in the future. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed TCD on the middle cerebral artery on 147 healthy subjects aged 18.9 years (SD = 2.1) and calculated mean cerebral blood flow velocity (mCBFV) and pulsatility index (PI)...
2018: Acta Neurochirurgica. Supplement
Andrea Fanelli, Rohan Jaishankar, Aristotelis Filippidis, James Holsapple, Thomas Heldt
OBJECTIVES:  Our objective was to develop, deploy, and test a data-acquisition system for the reliable and robust archiving of high-resolution physiological waveform data from a variety of bedside monitoring devices, including the GE Solar 8000i patient monitor, and for the logging of ancillary clinical and demographic information. MATERIALS AND METHODS:  The data-acquisition system consists of a computer-based archiving unit and a GE Tram Rac 4A that connects to the GE Solar 8000i monitor...
2018: Acta Neurochirurgica. Supplement
Sabino J Pietrangelo, Hae-Seung Lee, Charles G Sodini
OBJECTIVE:  Practical deficiencies related to conventional transcranial Doppler (TCD) sonography have restricted its use and applicability. This work seeks to mitigate several such constraints through the development of a wearable, electronically steered TCD velocimetry system, which enables noninvasive measurement of cerebral blood flow velocity (CBFV) for monitoring applications with limited operator interaction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A highly-compact, discrete prototype system was designed and experimentally validated through flow phantom and preliminary human subject testing...
2018: Acta Neurochirurgica. Supplement
Chiara Robba, Danilo Cardim, Tamara Tajsic, Justine Pietersen, Michael Bulman, Frank Rasulo, Rita Bertuetti, Joseph Donnelly, Liu Xiuyun, Zofia Czosnyka, Manuel Cabeleira, Peter Smielewski, Basil Matta, Alessandro Bertuccio, Marek Czosnyka
BACKGROUND: Non-invasive measurement of intracranial pressure (ICP) can be invaluable in the management of critically ill patients. Invasive measurement of ICP remains the "gold standard" and should be performed when clinical indications are met, but it is invasive and brings some risks. In this project, we aim to validate the non-invasive ICP (nICP) assessment models based on arterious and venous transcranial Doppler ultrasonography (TCD) and optic nerve sheath diameter (ONSD)...
2018: Acta Neurochirurgica. Supplement
S J X Murphy, S T Lim, J A Kinsella, D Murphy, H M Enright, Dominick J H McCabe
BACKGROUND: The pathophysiological mechanisms responsible for the disparity in stroke risk between asymptomatic and symptomatic carotid stenosis patients are not fully understood. The functionally important reticulated platelet fraction and reticulocytes could play a role. OBJECTIVES: We performed a prospective, multi-centre, observational analytical study comparing full blood count parameters and platelet production/turnover/activation markers in patients with asymptomatic versus recently symptomatic moderate (≥ 50-69%) or severe (≥ 70-99%) carotid stenosis...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Alexander D Wright, Jonathan D Smirl, Kelsey Bryk, Michael Jakovac, Paul van Donkelaar
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effects of repetitive subconcussive head trauma on neurovascular coupling (NVC) responses. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study collected between September 2013 and December 2016. SETTING: University laboratory. PARTICIPANTS: One hundred seventy-nine elite, junior-level (age, 19.6 ± 1.5 years) contact sport (ice hockey, American football) athletes recruited for preseason testing. Fifty-two nonconcussed athletes returned for postseason testing...
February 14, 2018: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
Calum Crake, Spencer T Brinker, Christian M Coviello, Margaret Livingstone, Nathan J McDannold
Previous work has demonstrated that passive acoustic imaging may be used alongside MRI for monitoring of focused ultrasound therapy. However, past implementations have generally made use of either linear arrays originally designed for diagnostic imaging or custom narrowband arrays specific to in-house therapeutic transducer designs, neither of which is fully compatible with clinical MR-guided focused ultrasound devices. Here we have designed an array which is suitable for use within an FDA-approved MR-guided transcranial focused ultrasound device, within the bore of a 3 Tesla clinical MRI scanner...
February 20, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Hannah G Caldwell, Geoff B Coombs, Michael M Tymko, Daniela Nowak-Flück, Philip N Ainslie
With exposure to acute normobaric hypoxia, global cerebral oxygen delivery is maintained via increases in cerebral blood flow (CBF); therefore, regional and localized changes in oxygen tension may explain neurocognitive impairment. Neurovascular coupling (NVC) is the close temporal and regional relationship of CBF to changes in neural activity and may aid in explaining the localized CBF response with cognitive activation. High-altitude related cognitive impairment is likely affected by hypocapnic cerebral vasoconstriction that may influence regional CBF regulation independent of hypoxia...
February 16, 2018: Physiology & Behavior
Stephen Ball, Sarah Al-Bachari, Laura M Parkes, Hedley C A Emsley, Charles N McCollum
OBJECTIVE: Idiopathic Parkinson's disease (IPD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder, often complicated by dementia. Cardiovascular risk factors and spontaneous cerebral emboli (SCE) are strongly associated with Alzheimer's (AD) and vascular dementia (VaD). We measured SCE in the middle cerebral artery and arterial wall volume in the extracranial arteries in patients with IPD and controls, and explored the relationships with structural and physiological MRI brain neurovascular measures...
February 10, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Dimitrios A Patikas, Craig A Williams, Sébastien Ratel
PURPOSE: In recent decades, the interest for exercise-induced fatigue in youth has substantially increased, and the effects of growth on the peripheral (muscular) and central (neural) mechanisms underpinning differences in neuromuscular fatigue between healthy children and adults have been described more extensively. The purpose of this review is to retrieve, report, and analyse the findings of studies comparing neuromuscular fatigue between children and adults. Objective measures of the evaluation of the physiological mechanisms are discussed...
February 13, 2018: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Jonathan A N Fisher, Iryna Gumenchuk

 The use of transcranial, low intensity focused ultrasound (FUS) is an emerging neuromodulation technology that shows promise for both therapeutic and research applications. Among many, one of the most exciting applications is the use of FUS to rehabilitate or augment human sensory capabilities. While there is compelling empirical evidence demonstrating this capability, basic questions regarding the spatiotemporal extent of the modulatory effects remain. Our objective was to assess the basic, yet often overlooked hypothesis that FUS in fact alters sensory-evoked neural activity within the region of the cerebral cortex at the beam's focus...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Neural Engineering
Pablo Blanco, Anselmo Abdo-Cuza
Multimodality monitoring is a common practice in caring for neurocritically ill patients, and consists mainly in clinical assessment, intracranial pressure monitoring and using several imaging methods. Of these imaging methods, transcranial Doppler (TCD) is an interesting tool that provides a non-invasive, portable and radiation-free way to assess cerebral circulation and diagnose and follow-up (duplex method) intracranial mass-occupying lesions, such as hematomas and midline shift. This article reviews the basics of TCD applied to neurocritical care patients, offering a rationale for its use as well as tips for practitioners...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound
Youxin Wang, Bin Zhou, Pingan Zhou, Yan Yao, Qinghua Cui, Yingping Liu, Jichun Yang, Shouling Wu, Xingquan Zhao, Yong Zhou
Cerebral artery stenosis (CAS) is the most important causes of ischaemic stroke. Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) plays 2 diverse roles in atherosclerosis (pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory), and the association between Lp-PLA2 mass and cardiovascular or cerebrovascular events is inconsistent among previous studies. A cross-sectional study including 2012 North Chinese adults aged ≥40 years was performed in 2010-2011 to investigate whether Lp-PLA2 mass is associated with asymptomatic cerebral artery stenosis (ACAS)...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Man Y Lam, Victoria J Haunton, Thompson G Robinson, Ronney B Panerai
We studied cerebral blood velocity (CBV), and associated hemodynamic parameters during gradual changes in head positioning in a nonstroke group. CBV (transcranial Doppler ultrasound), beat-to-beat blood pressure (BP, Finometer), and end-tidal carbon dioxide (ETCO2 , capnography) were recorded between lying flat (0°) and sitting up (30°) head positions, in 18 volunteers (10 female, mean age, 57 ± 16 years), at two visits (12 ± 8 days). A significant reduction was found between 5-min FLAT (0°) and 5-min SIT (30°) positions in CBV (visit 1: 4...
February 2018: Physiological Reports
David S Hersh, Pavlos Anastasiadis, Ali Mohammadabadi, Ben A Nguyen, Sijia Guo, Jeffrey A Winkles, Anthony J Kim, Rao Gullapalli, Asaf Keller, Victor Frenkel, Graeme F Woodworth
Generating spatially controlled, non-destructive changes in the interstitial spaces of the brain has a host of potential clinical applications, including enhancing the delivery of therapeutics, modulating biological features within the tissue microenvironment, altering fluid and pressure dynamics, and increasing the clearance of toxins, such as plaques found in Alzheimer's disease. Recently we demonstrated that ultrasound can non-destructively enlarge the interstitial spaces of the brain ex vivo. The goal of the current study was to determine whether these effects could be reproduced in the living brain using non-invasive, transcranial MRI-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS)...
2018: PloS One
M Colella, C Stilo, A Cocchella, D Bianchini, A Pilotto, P Del Sette, R Musolino
Subjects with Down Syndrome (DS) have high prevalence of cerebral vascular amyloidosis, cognitive decline and dementia. In Alzheimer Disease, impaired vasoreactivity has been reported as the results of vascular amyloid deposition. Aim of our study was to verify presence of impaired cerebral vasoreactivity and to study carotid intima media-thickness (IMT) by carotid and transcranial ultrasound. We studied 25 DS and compared them with 25 age- and sex-matched normal controls. Vasomotor reactivity was evaluated by means of breath-holding index (BHI) test...
February 15, 2018: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Griffin Santarelli, Sarah C DeShields, Stacey L Ishman, Michael Randall, Tina D Cunningham, Cristina M Baldassari
Objectives (1) To assess for changes in cerebral blood flow velocity in children with sickle cell disease and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) following adenotonsillectomy. (2) To determine if clinical factors such as OSA severity affect cerebral blood flow velocity values. Study Design Case series with chart review over 10 years. Settings Two tertiary children's hospitals. Subjects and Methods Children aged 2 to 18 years with a history of sickle cell disease and OSA, as defined by an apnea hypopnea index (AHI) >1 on polysomnography, were eligible for inclusion...
January 1, 2018: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
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